What no one told you about Pakistan

Steel Mill People: So earlier this month I went with some friends to shoot at a Steel Mill near Lahore. It is interesting how scrap from all over the world come to places like this to be melted (at whooping 1700 degree Celsius) and converted to rods to be later re-rolled by men with very little safety gear on. It is a tough job and yes it does present with some interesting captures.

Will try to post some more later. (via umalik)

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Multan trip part 2. Apologies for late share… was able to take photographs at the tombs of Shah Shams Sabazwari often confused with Shah Shams Tabrizi (which my cousin corrected me on), Bahaudin Zikaraya and old city.

I know it might sound morbid but the beautiful blue and white pottery design I saw on the graves around the Bahaudin Zikarya tomb has really made me tell my family that I want that on mine whenever the time comes. They do it so elegantly, with a narrow slab of these intricate design and Quranic calligraphy in it.

It is amazing to see how people devote their whole lives travelling and living at such places. So many of them are so confident that everything they have is through these saints. They tie these threads around the grills of the tomb with a hope that whatever they are wishing for will stay there and the Saints will help them get that. But overall the art, design and beauty you find in Multan is amazing - if you thought truck art is the best thing about Pakistan, wait till you get to Multan!

p.s. I need to get back on flickr it has been over a year since I last posted anything there.

previously

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Multan trip: I don’t know why, but Multan has always been this very magical city for me (at least inside my head) and with all the extensive travelling I like to believe I have done - I had never been there before! Finally on this 8-9th February some work took me there and these are some of the things I saw. 

There is a famous Persian saying: چهار چيز است تحفه در مولتان…..گرد وگرما گدا و گورستان (Chahar Cheez Ast Tohfa e Mooltan; Gard, Garmi, Gadda, Gooristan) which roughly translate as "Four things are Gifts of Multan: Dust, Summer, Beggars & Graveyards". Let’s just say that is cent percent true! 

Personally I am not a “shrine and saints” kind of a guy, but there is this certain tranquil aura in the old part of the city that with all the chaotic traffic (it is worse than Lahore by manyfold!) and hassling of beggars you feel so much calm.

It was truly wonderful to be in such an interesting city, will be posting another set of photos tomorrow. (via umalik)

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Shrine of Shah Rukn Alam (via umalik)
More about the building and the saint.
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Shrine of Shah Rukn Alam (via umalik)

More about the building and the saint.

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Traditional shoes from Multan (aka Multani khusa - at Hussain Agahi via umalik)
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Traditional shoes from Multan (aka Multani khusa - at Hussain Agahi via umalik)

More details here.

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Beautiful details on the ceiling at this shrine. (at Shrine of Shah Shams Tabrez via umalik)
More details on the Shah Shams can be found here.
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Beautiful details on the ceiling at this shrine. (at Shrine of Shah Shams Tabrez via umalik)

More details on the Shah Shams can be found here.

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Ali Rehan is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs, a tech start-up (from LUMS) by Pakistani students that developed an innovative mobile application which caught the eye of major tech giants such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and LG.
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Ali Rehan is the co-founder and CEO of Eyedeus Labs, a tech start-up (from LUMS) by Pakistani students that developed an innovative mobile application which caught the eye of major tech giants such as Google, Samsung, Huawei and LG.

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How the fate of an artist is shaped by art collectors
The business of buying and selling artwork is a fascinating one. The dynamics of the art world have been dictated by the market, and this market constitutes a number of significant art collectors. Just like an accessory sported by an established celebrity becomes popular, items collected by art-loving heavyweights add to their value.
It all depends on where a piece of art finds its home. Throughout the course of time, collectors have lent impetus to the art market and played a major role in the success of many artists.
Nour Aslam, head of South Asian and Contemporary Art at privately-owned British auction house, Bonhams, talks to The Express Tribune about how Pakistani art is trending in the international market. (complete)
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How the fate of an artist is shaped by art collectors

The business of buying and selling artwork is a fascinating one. The dynamics of the art world have been dictated by the market, and this market constitutes a number of significant art collectors. Just like an accessory sported by an established celebrity becomes popular, items collected by art-loving heavyweights add to their value.

It all depends on where a piece of art finds its home. Throughout the course of time, collectors have lent impetus to the art market and played a major role in the success of many artists.

Nour Aslam, head of South Asian and Contemporary Art at privately-owned British auction house, Bonhams, talks to The Express Tribune about how Pakistani art is trending in the international market. (complete)

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New app, new experience: No more tears
Tired of listening to that monotonous music when you dial into a customer service helpline? Fear not, rescue is here!
Meet Omar Khan and Rizwan Chand – two young Pakistanis, founders of the startup Appography, aspiring to revolutionise the caller experience for customer service helplines. They have developed a smartphone app, Vivid, that aims to transform the ‘boring’ and ‘frustrating’ ordeal into an engaging one.
This app, they say, will resolve a global problem through a locally developed app.
Just last month, Vivid, which landed a spot in not just the Punjab Information Technology Board’s technology incubator Plan9, managed to become a part of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London. (complete)

New app, new experience: No more tears

Tired of listening to that monotonous music when you dial into a customer service helpline? Fear not, rescue is here!

Meet Omar Khan and Rizwan Chand – two young Pakistanis, founders of the startup Appography, aspiring to revolutionise the caller experience for customer service helplines. They have developed a smartphone app, Vivid, that aims to transform the ‘boring’ and ‘frustrating’ ordeal into an engaging one.

This app, they say, will resolve a global problem through a locally developed app.

Just last month, Vivid, which landed a spot in not just the Punjab Information Technology Board’s technology incubator Plan9, managed to become a part of the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator in London. (complete)

Taking comedy to new heights: Hamza Ali Abbasi
Hamza Ali Abbasi is a rare man among today’s breed of actors. Driven by passion, his latest directorial venture, Kambakht, is Abbasi’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt Don Jon moment. While he has already established a burgeoning career for himself as a leading man, he is looking to make his mark on cinema from the director’s chair.
“I am better known for my acting, so a lot of people told me ‘focus on that’ or ‘wait before you make a film’, but I felt I had to do it. It’s kind of like getting married, you can wait five years or do it now,” Abbasi tells The Express Tribune. (more)
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Taking comedy to new heights: Hamza Ali Abbasi

Hamza Ali Abbasi is a rare man among today’s breed of actors. Driven by passion, his latest directorial venture, Kambakht, is Abbasi’s own Joseph Gordon-Levitt Don Jon moment. While he has already established a burgeoning career for himself as a leading man, he is looking to make his mark on cinema from the director’s chair.

“I am better known for my acting, so a lot of people told me ‘focus on that’ or ‘wait before you make a film’, but I felt I had to do it. It’s kind of like getting married, you can wait five years or do it now,” Abbasi tells The Express Tribune. (more)

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